A couple more vaccine milestones are coming on May 16th and 17th, as Saskatchewan continues its vaccine rollout.
On the 16th, vaccines will open to all those 20 and over. Like every age rollout before it, this opening is for all booked appointments, drive-thrus, pharmacies, mobiles and walk-in clinics. People can book their appointment online or over the phone at 1-833-SASKVAX, or find pharmacies or drive-thrus online.
People also eligible include:
- individuals 18 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District,
- All remaining phase one health care workers,
- Additional front-line workers and First Responders as identified in this list,
- People with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable through an eligibility letter.
Vaccine clinics will be open in Lloydminster, at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on May 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th and 22nd.
Second vaccine doses to begin on May 17th
The day after this eligibility shift, people over 85 will begin receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccines, provided they got their vaccine before February 15th.
Individuals diagnosed with or being treated for cancer and those who have received solid organ transplants will receive a letter of eligibility in the mail that will allow them to access a second dose as well.
The Ministry of Health says they’ll be multiple different ways residents will be made aware it’s time for a second dose, through online and local advertising. They say residents can be ready by knowing when they got their first dose, which will be on the card they got when they received it.
If they’ve lost the card, they can call 1-833-SASKVAX or check Immunization History on their MySaskHealthRecord account.
When someone goes in for their second shot, the person giving it will check if they are in their eligible timeframe, and the type of vaccine being delivered that day will be showcased in order to prevent mixing two brands.
The province says they will continue giving out the same brand in the second dose as the first, at least until more information on the safety and efficacy of mixing doses can be found.